News Report 11 May 2014

2014 GP of Spain

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Talavera Spain
1620 m
05 / 11 / 2014
Time to be confirmed

Charlier top ten in MX2 GP return


Yamaha Factory Racing’s Christophe Charlier made an encouraging return to FIM Motocross World Championship action at a sunny and stuffy Talavera de la Reina for the Grand Prix of Spain by taking tenth position overall at the seventh round of eighteen. The Corsican climbed aboard his YZ250FM for the first time at a GP since injuring his leg in Thailand for round two. Kemea Yamaha Racing’s Petar Petrov was also in the top ten with ninth place after shrugging off the effects of a sore ankle and a virus in recent weeks.

The narrow and relentless course at Talavera was packed strong with 16,000 spectators for a triumphant return to Spain for the first time since 2011. Hilly, winding and tight, the track was tricky for passing and demanding due to the temperatures that touched thirty degrees across two 30 minute and 2 lap motos.

The weekend delivered fitting conditions for Charlier who has been training and preparing for his comeback at his home and also in Italy over the past fortnight. As expected the former European Champion needs some time to reacclimatise to the frantic nature of the MX2 class with banging bars, frequents spills and surges of speed commonplace throughout the pack. Charlier slipped off twice in the first moto and did his best to recover to twelfth. Christophe fared better in the second sprint and gained valuable race time to finish eighth.

Petrov buried memories of his recent adversities and some misfortune to place ninth and tenth on the day. The Bulgaria had the pace and the fitness in the heat but lacked the essential ground won around the first corner to be able to trouble the leading group. Team-mate Luke Styke’s eleventh place in Moto1 was the Australian rookie’s best result yet since joining the FIM World Championship. Some problems in the second moto scuppered an overall result as he ranked outside of the points in twenty-first.

Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Max Anstie continues his evolution of race equipment both at and away from the Grand Prix circuits. The Brit, two weeks ahead of his home event in the UK, could only manage nineteenth overall and commented his best volley of speed came in the second moto as he pushed to fourteenth. He was twentieth earlier in the day.

The FIM Motocross World Championship will now pause for one week before shifting north and to England where the popular Matterley Basin circuit will host the Grand Prix of Great Britain for round eight.

Christophe Charlier

“I had a good feeling with the bike today and that was important for me. I now need to progress with my starts because all the riders are going at the same speed so I need to be further forward at the beginning. I lost four rounds of the series and started riding two weeks ago. Training is not the same at GP racing! It was a difficult track to come back to; very bumpy and long jumps. There was a lot of water around, but, overall I’m happy with today. I will continue to work and look to be top five for the next race. I will be counting the time until I can get back on the GP track.”

Max Anstie

“I guess from the outside looking in it might not look like much but I do feel like we are making steps in the right direction. Where we started the year and where we are now means we had to sacrifice a few points in these European rounds but I believe that things are going in the right direction. Obviously a lot of testing and development to be done in the next couple of weeks but we will get there.”

Petar Petrov

“I’m happy I made two top ten results after a difficult last two weeks. I couldn’t train for two weeks after my ankle injury and then last week I struggled with a virus. My speed was good though all weekend long and I’m happy to have that back. In the first race, I had a faster lap time than Ferrandis but he ended up third and I finished ninth… It was so hard to pass on the track so the start was important, and that made the difference. In the second race I was last in the first corner and it took so much time to go forward. I’m working hard on my starts now to get those better. After all I’m happy it went better than last week, I feel better and now we can work towards the British GP in two weeks time.”

Luke Styke

“Riding went pretty well this weekend. On Saturday and in the first race I could follow the top ten riders quite well. I finished eleventh in the first race and that’s my best finish so far. My first goal was to reach the top ten and I’m getting closer. In the second race the bike stopped in a corner and I fell back to very last place, so that moto was over early. I’ll keep working hard and I believe that a top ten result will be there soon.”